One of the most refreshing aspects about being on the side of the global warming argument I am is that most of us are true free thinking liberals in the real sense of the word. We dont march along as sheep. Instead the pursuit of the correct answer, what ever that may be, is our goal.
A simple agenda.. get the answer right.
I just read another stunningly ignorant article
claiming global warming was( is) responsible for all that is wrong in the weather, climate or whatever. I am simply astounded that someone that is accorded the honor of a PHD can think this way. Seriously. In face of major direct contrary evidence, we get people taking the opposite tact of what is actually happening.
In any case, suspicions have arisen as to the prowess of the Discover site 400mb temp. Since I am friends with Dr. Roy Spencer, we have been communicating back and forth. Roy, because he is a great scientist, raised questions as to whether the temperatures were actually that cold at 400 mb. So here we have a major proponent of the open minded debate side, which is what we are, questioning the data that would seemingly back up the argument that its not warming, but if anything, cooling, that is the problem. After bantering back and forth and acknowledging this could be in error since its so stunning a drop, Roy looked deeper into the problem. He looked at levels AROUND 400 mb to see if there is any of this going on,. And after doing so, he sent me this graphic which supports the contention that there has been major and dramatic cooling and that its real.
For the nehsayers out there 3 Major point stick out to send you home with a more open mind
1) over the past 10 years, in spite of the warm pdo till 07 and the still warm amo, there has been no increase in the earths temps in the mid and upper troposphere
2) The most rapid responses occur after warming or cooling enso events of moderate or greater nature.. showing the direct tie in to the tropical pacific. You would have to be blind, ignorant, deceptive, or all three, if you did not see that.
3) the temps AROUND the 400 mb level have dropped in a major way. Since the global temp has fallen on the order of .4c since last spring, it follows that the severe weather can not have been caused by warming. I will leave the door open for it NOT being caused by cooling.. because I am a nice guy, though this looks like a 3 strikes and you are out situation.. BUT ITS MOST CERTAINLY NOT WARMING
Hear is 3a) the last monster spring month for tornadoes was May 2008 another cool enso ( la nina) response
I would suggest the sheep that follow their shepherd of AGW find another pasture to graze in as far as this matter goes.
Chart from WeatherBell.com